Tara, the savioress, is the most beloved by Tibetans of all the female awakened beings. Tara is known as “she who ferries beings across the ocean of samsara.” She is fully enlightened and is inseparable from genuine reality, or true nature, the dharmakaya. She rushes to the aid of beings when we call upon her with heartfelt devotion.
Peaceful and wrathful, beautiful and powerful, Tara is the actuality of wisdom and compassion. She is sensual and sexual, empty yet fully manifest, and as real as we are. She transcends dualistic limitations and leads us beyond duality to the infinite bliss and emptiness that is our true nature.
Tara is the Mother of all the Buddhas, the essence of compassion in action. Her right foot is slightly extended, because she is ready to leap to the aid of beings. Her right hand is opened out on her right knee, in the gesture of generosity. Her left hand holds the stem of a lotus flower, which is blossoming next to her left ear.
Meditating on Tara helps us awaken our buddhanature. Through continued meditation practice on her, we can establish a relationship in which we are able to trust and rely on her. It is like getting to know a new friend — we have to invite her over to our home many times until we get to know her. The more we are able to open to her, the more she is able to benefit us.
Original Source: Lior's Roar Article by Lama Palden Drolma.
Our managing director, Geshe Phuntsho (some know him as Lama Phuntsho) briefly describes the Green Tara practice while reciting the mantra. Resident monks at GSTDL along with the monks of Gaden Shartse Cultural Foundation are performing the Green Tara puja and constructing a Green Tara sand mandala at the center. They themselves are also adhering to the Stay-At-Home order as set by the city of Long Beach and the state of California. These Green Tara practices are being dedicated to those suffering from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Please check out our video library which includes the Green Tara Puja (1st day) as well as the Sunday teachings.